Prescott Returning for Dallas?
The Cowboys were able to survive last week, getting a 20-16 win in Minnesota even with Cooper Rush getting the start at QB in place of the injured Dak Prescott. Rush had 325 yards passing with 2 TD and 1 INT, but Dallas would still love to get Prescott back for the week 9 NFL picks against Denver.
The Broncos were finally able to snap a four-game losing streak by beating Washington 17-10 last week. Sportsbooks still don’t trust Denver though, with Bovada listing Dallas as a -10 point favorites and BetOnline offering slightly better betting odds at -9.5. This is without even knowing with certainty who starts at QB for the Cowboys.
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Life Without Miller Begins for Denver
The Broncos (4-4) are .500 on the season but seem to be waving the white flag on a postseason run based on their decision to trade LB Von Miller to the Rams. The 8X pro bowler has 4.5 sacks on the season, and his absence is going to make defending the Cowboys’ #3 passing offense that much more difficult.
Can Denver still keep this game within the 10 point betting odds even as they move on from Miller? The Broncos’ defense is their strength, ranking 6th in the NFL while allowing just 325.8 ypg. Denver did allow a 112-yard rushing game to Washington last week and 182 yards rushing to Cleveland the game before, so there are some concerns there.
Aside from Denver’s concerns on defense up against the high-powered Dallas offense, can the Broncos’ offense keep up in what may turn into a high-scoring shootout? Teddy Bridgewater was 19/26 passing for 213 yards with a TD. Bridgewater had 5 INT in the three games prior.
Totals betting with the number at 49.5 is an interesting one too, considering the way the Cowboys can put up points. At the same time, the Broncos have been held under 20 points in four of their last five.
Dallas Keeps Churning
The Cowboys were +4 underdogs on the betting line in Sunday’s game, but were able to get the outright win thanks to a brilliant performance from Rush in his first start since 2018. Rush put the team on his back, as the Cowboys had just 78 yards on 24 rush attempts.
Dallas would still take Prescott back for Sunday’s game, as he’s completing 73.1% of his passes with 18 TD to just 4 INT on the season. The Cowboys have the #3 passing attack in the league (302.9) and have won six straight since the 31-29 loss to Tampa Bay in the season opener.
The Cowboys’ offense had the yards (419) but not necessarily the points (20) last week vs. the Vikings, but Dallas should be proud of their defensive performance against a good Minnesota offense. Kirk Cousins had just 184 yards passing while Dallas also held Dalvin Cook to 78 yards rushing on 18 carries. Denver doesn’t have near the offensive potential as the Vikings coming into the NFL picks for week 9.
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Denver didn’t just lose a dang good linebacker in the Miller trade, they also lost a locker room leader, so pregame in Arlington is going to be a lot different for Broncos players. The Broncos defense – which is their calling card – takes a huge hit in one of the weeks they need it most, in the game against Dallas.
More importantly, the Broncos have said that the postseason is not a reality this year. Vic Fangio shouldn’t be surprised if his team comes out flat as a result.